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in 1981. and most recently, up until 2010, playing a key role in managing israel's overt and covert campaign against iran's nuclear enrichment program. ladies and gentlemen, major general retired adlin. [applause] now, let's get out on the stage the equal request formidable duo who will be arguing against tonight's resolution, be it resolved the world cannot tolerate an iran with nuclear weapons capability. vali nasser and fareed zakaria. [applause] well, dean vali nasser leads john hopkins university's press contingentous school of advanced international studies, born in tehran, he's one of the world's top experts on the political and social developments of iran. and he's the author of two best-selling books, "the shi'a revival" and "democracy in iran." he sits on the state department's influential foreign affairs policy board and has served as a senior advisor as recently as 2011 for afghanistan and pakistan to the late richard holbrook, a former munk debater. ladies and gentlemen, dean vali nasser. [applause] now, when you think of provocative conversation on a big foreign policy
of chicago professor praised hagel for not being pro-israel. he said potential candidates like hillary clinton, john mccain, joe biden were falling all over themselves to express their support for israel. the only exception to that rule was senator chuck hagel. i don't have anything to go with that with what you might have said but -- some of the concerns -- i used to say when i was the whip in the house you can count on the house and the senate to be among other thing, always pro-israel. i think that is the main stream of our views. i've seen a number of times that you've said you can be pro-israel but that does not mean you have to be for everything that israel is for. they are what they are. they are reported from comments that you made that are out of the context of the other comments. also, earlier today, i asked you about the bloated pentagon. you said that -- those comments were before the sequestration bill passed. they were after the bill passed. sequestration passed on august 2 and the interview was on august 29. what you said on august 29 of -- in that "financial times" inte
. and it has to do with there ran and the nuclear threat to israel. and the position germany was taking relative to that end i was questioning where they might be should there be a real threat or attack. of course you know that's not what we would -- the public would want us to do, but he said given the holocaust we have no choice. to be fair. we cannot stand by and let another holocaust he plays. so those decades of remorse until over the holocaust still dictates policy relative to support for israel, even though the public now decades on says vitamin e to do to do that again? and do we want to get mixed up and not? so that's kind of a unique dynamic that exists in that regard. but it's somewhat of a tenuous relationship. i spent a lot of time with the israeli ambassador, who spent a lot of time at the germans relative to german policy towards israel and a whole number of ways. so anything short of direct threat or attack on israel, dispenses favors we wish we could get this resolved and we wish israel would be much more flex will relative to the west bank and relative to the palestini
. >> so now that the votes are in from israel, i'm wondering if you would give us some comment on the president's reaction to netanyahu's re-election? not only his re-election but the weakened state of his re-rex, what do you think both the out-- re-election, what you think both the outcome and the back drop of the outcome might mean for u.s.-israel policy going forward, for the middle east peace process, for dealing with iran, and although you have not announced any policy readout, has the president spoken with mr. netanyahu and has the president spoken with latif? >> first of all, we congratulate the israeli people on their election. and as i said yesterday and it remains true today, i do not want to get ahead of the israeli political process. elections are a stage in a process. in israel. and the final results themselves are not yet in and i'm not going to speculate on the government formation process which i think goes to some of the questions that you asked. i think it's very likely the president will be speaking with prime minister netanyahu. i don't have a call to read o
the region, think about the interests of the neighbors. think about the interests of our friends like israel, and figure out how we come up with an equation that is workable and meets those interests. now final comment, john, i don't want to go on about it. but i didn't suggest and i don't want to suggest, nor do i believe that secretary clinton was saying that people don't care about knowing what happened. i think she's talking about the difference between what the recommending as of the a.r.b. were and implementing them and this notion that we have to go backwards. but here's what i say to to you. after 29 years here, in my 29th, i respect the prerogatives of the united states senate and the members of congress, you represent the american people, you're the other branch of government, you have the right to know what took place. and i have an obligation commensurate with the, you know, regulations and classifications and privacy and other things at play here, to help you get the answers and we'll do that. i hope we can do it in a noncontentious, appropriate way. >> thank you. could i just m
spring, iran and its relations with the whole world to include israel. what are the elements of this strategy? it assumes we will be smaller. they will be highly ready forces. we feel these must be highly ready. there's much of a no note this category are quality. that will be very important when i come back later appeared a second major item is to rebalance our forces. we are working toward rebalancing toward the asia pacific in maintaining a presence there. in rotational presence in australia, some warships nominal -- some warships in israel. we will maintain technological superior superior ordered and invest more in some high priority types of activities, cyber, a special operations. we're going to have to cut back on weapons programs. we have used this strategy to guide budget constrictions. we have worked to increase thing like cyber investment in another of under investment consistent with that strategy. we think this is the right one for the times. we also believe the current level of plant in defense spending is roughly consistent with this strategy. we hope congress
take questions. >> does the president feel like hagel needs to address his past comments on israel and iran before he can be confirmed or are those comments irrelevant to this process? >> well, today the president announced his nominees for secretary of defense and the director of the central intelligence agency and made broad comments about why the men he nominated are the right people for the jobs. there will be a process in each case where the senate reviews the nominees. the president asks the senate to move quickly because these positions are very important for the national security. i know senator hagel and john brennan look forwarded to that process and to fair hearings in both cases. it is a routine part of the exercise that nominees are asked about views on various issues. on the matters you just raised senator hagel has been a stanch supporter of israel. of the israeli-american relationship and the united states' support for israel's security throughout his career. he has always been, as demonstrated by his record, a supporter of the broad sanctions regime that this presi
. this briefing follows the bipartisan delegation of senators who traveled to egypt, afghanistan, israel last week. this is about 40 minutes. >> good afternoon. i'm here with my colleagues, bipartisan group that just returned from a trip to the middle east. senator lindsey graham is with us. he remains in afghanistan doing his active duty as a colonel in the air force reserve. we hope that he's not held hostage for too -- some of us hope that he is. anyway. so i'm joined with senator whitehouse of rhode island, kelly out of new hampshire, senator koonce of delaware, and senator blumenthal of connecticut. and i'm pleased to be joined with my colleagues, both democrats and republicans. we traveled to egypt, afghanistan, jordan and israel. we met with a broad array of people and leaders in nearly all of these countries. and we also had an opportunity to engage directly on the matter of syria. meeting in egypt with the new president and visit the refugee camp in jordan. i want to give my colleagues an opportunity to speak with themselves and we all look forward to taking our questions on every aspect
. that knocked u.s. banks off line one day after another, one bank after another. if the united states and israel bomb iran next year to stop the iranian nuclear program, i think we can say with high confidence that iran will retaliate not just in the arabian gulf, but also since israel or the united states will have attacked their homeland, iran will attack in our homeland. not with terrorism, but with cyberwar. knocking out banking perhaps, knocking out electricity perhaps, causing havoc and getting away with it because we cannot defend successfully today against that kind of attack. [applause] . >> that's a sobering thought to start a conversation with. as it happens by coincidence there were two pages in this week's economist, which you should all have on the subject of cyberwar. i think it's helpful, first of all, just to -- if you could help us, walk us through what exactly is meant by cyberwar, because you yourself mentioned cybercrime, cyberespionage. there tends to be a blurring of these lines. what exactly do you mean by cyberwar? >> i think there are four distinction phenomenon. you ca
york, mr. crowley, the gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from new york, mr. israel, the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. the lauro. the gentlewoman from missouri, ms. wagner. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. andrews. the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen. the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam. the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. lujan gri h is am. and ms. kaptur, mr. tiberi, mr. latta, mr. jordan, ms. fudge, mr. chabot, mr. gibbs, mr. johnson, mr. renarci, ms. beatty, mr. joist, and mr. wenstrum. -- wenstrup. the committee will retire if the chamber to escort the speaker-elect from the chair. >> speaker-elect, john a. boehner, the speaker from ohio and the escort committee. ms. pelosi: colleagues. colleagues. to my fellow members of the house of representatives, it is a high honor to welcome you to the 113th congress. to our newest members of congress, it is a special privilege and honor to welcome you and your families and extend congratulations to the newest members
that wasn't discussed a lot was regional differences. we talked to steve israel a democrat from new york, he represents a district on long island. it's an affluent district compared to other districts. we asked him, do you agree with the $250,000 threshold and he said no he said i like more like $400,000 he got a lot of what he wanted pause the threshold was different that that because he said it's different. $250,000 in long island versus $250,000 in louisiana. there was no talk about changing it based on regional differences. host: randy in missouri, democratic caller. hi, randy. caller: i want to make three points. i'm looking good for to the filibuster activity in the new congress. plus two other points, secly, you guys in the media, you report on this debt ceiling hostage taking as though it's some kind of political game. this will affect all of america. i mean in such drastic ways. my last point is this here, any member of members of congress that adds to the public debt should be charged under the law. and any media person supporting that should be charged with insurrection you need t
/2 minutes to mr. israel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. . mr. israel: i rise in support of this rule. it has been 80 days, for 80 days new yorkers and other americans have been waiting for help. their businesses have been damaged. their homes have been damaged. their land has been damaged. their condos have been damaged. they need the help. it is one thing to be devastated by a weather storm, it's another thing to be devastated by a political storm. we need to put both storms behind us and move on and provide this help. we have shown partieship in my area, mr. speaker. congressman -- the gentleman from new york, mr. king, a republican, and i and other members of our delegation have worked with governor cuomo and governor christi with mayor bloomberg to move forward. despite the flicks. despite the political winds. we have our two county executives from long island in washington today with residents who are democrats, republicans, conservatives, liberals, independents. this isn't about party, this is about solutions. this is not
effective today. signed sincerely, steve israel, member of congress. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, i will be taking a leave of absence from the house appropriations committee for the remainder of the 113th congress. as you are aware, i was elected by the full democratic caucus to serve as the ranking member on the house permanent select committee on intelligence this congress. i intend to return to the appropriations committee in the future. thank you for your help with this matter. i look forward to working with you in the coming year. signed sincerely, dutch ruppersburger, member of congress. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, in order to join the committee on appropriations, i hereby take a leave of absence from my seat on the committee on the judiciary effective today. signed sincerely, mike quigley, member of congress. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, in order to join the committee on appropriations, i hereby resign my seat on the committee on oversight and government reform effective today. signed sincer
iran and israel. who else is hagel set to meet with the this week? >> hagel has been starting to make the rounds on -- he's already started to make the rounds on the telephone and there's been -- there's been some reporting out there on where he's sort of going. he's going to have to. >> you can find the rest of this conversation online. we take you to the floor of the house convening. denham, an >> chairman schuster laid the groundwork in 2006 when his post-karina reform act authorized fema to conduct a number of recovery programs. costs of dramatically reduced, projects were completed faster and the process was more efficient. without making permanent the debris removal program, the taxpayer could pay six times the cost of debris removal and it could take much longer. the individuals and households pilot program incorporated in this bill would reduce costs by a similar amount and make temporary housing available faster. in hearing after hearing before our committee experts, fema and the inspector general's office have all testified communities will be rebuilt faster and taxpayers wi
in israel. >> what about the engagement with the palestinians at the present time? >> he was out in the region last week he had a full round of consultations including having a chance to see president abbas. he obviously stays in permanent contact with his palestinian counterparts by phone but i don't have anything new to share there. marg rhett? >> out of algeria right now, when you confirmed that there were americans among those taken hostage, there are also reports of fatalitiesful do you have any reason to believe that americans are among those? >> i don't have any information on fatalities at all, margaret. i'm sorry. i don't know what's happened over the last hour while we've been here. >> do you have any information about the take over and would it have any impact on the u.s.? >> we talked about the successor yesterday. we did look into the assistance situation just for your records, u.s. government assistance for f.y. 2012 for sri lanka was $27 million including $13.3 million in bilateral assistance programs primarily related to peace and security, human rights, economic
of the things he has done and said, especially concerning israel. he has previously called him a close personal friend. he is a vietnam veteran. they served together in the senate. they do know each other. there is a level of comedy and respect between senators. -- i do not think that john mccain knows what he is going to do. i think the hearings in congress and in the media will lead an impact on the final results. host: we are asking our viewers to tell us what they think are the foreign-policy challenges in 2013. what does he face if he were to get the nomination? guest: he will have a range of foreign-policy challenges. we are talking about a military that is tired and worn out after more than 10 years of war. a state of fiscal challenges and austerity that is really unprecedented in american politics, which is put pressures on all of the budgets that he would have to be in charge of. we're talking about an arc of instability in the middle east, expecting it to get worse and worse, including libya, including egypt, including syria. if you want to go that far, we are talking about a world th
in the military were able to do. i do hope that america can come closer together with israel in its defense against the people who are trying to blow her off the planet. >> joining us from richmond, virginia, is george. >> i have two comments i would like to make. first, the president had an excellent inaugural address. the one thing i hope he would do in order to get congress to work with him is what he said at the end. the people need to voice their opinions. they need to act. i remember one time i think it was president kennedy, getting public feeling on issues, i think that helped. help him to get this country moving forward. >> thanks for the call. words from the president from today's inaugural address, he said "each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our constitution, we affirm the promise of our democracy, it is not the color burst again of the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names that makes us exceptional, what makes us americans is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration that was made more than two centu
is a signal that we will not be as aggressive as somewhat like in defending israel. host: minimum wage. do you expect those issues to gcome up>? guest: the campaign was focused on jobs. the relative lack of direct engagement with how you create jobs during the inaugural address. this was not a set of policy proposals. there will be more about this in the state of the union. it was striking that the focus of the campaign was not terribly reflected in the address he gave yesterday. as far as labor issues, a lot of this is going on in the states. there is a national political aspect to this. i do not know what plans they have for some of these issues. it was interesting yesterday that obama singled out issues like ensuring that women get equal pay as a key part of the principles he was trying to establish. host: republicans in the house and the senate, what are they saying on this? guest: a lot of them are not happy that the discussion was not more vocus on the economy. on the economy. his speech was supposed to be uplifting. republicans feel like for them to help steer the economy in the right d
. on c-span3, i look at us relations with israel and prospects for a peace agreement with the palestinians. [applause] spokeernor martin o'malley at his plans for transportation and job creation. ery, very much. mr. speaker, mr. president, distinguished minority leaders, lieutenant brown, governor hughes, attorney general gensler, colleagues and city colleagues, mayor vincent gray from our neighbors and new columbia. [laughter] ambassadors, members of fema of these united states. [applause] and the men and women of the maryland general assembly, there is more that unites us than divides us. this year, one of those things is the mighty, mighty baltimore ravens. [cheers and applause] my goodness. also bipartisan agreement. look, all of us are familiar with the ravens story, but their are also a number of remarkable people who are with us. i want to share a few of their stories with all of you. first,first, one of our nation 's leading minds and most prominent advocates of science, technology, and engineering, math and education, some of you know them as a member of the
to deal with the stranger in the midst of the nation that he himself established. the nation of israel was established by god. he said the boundaries on the parameters and a loss. he gave a very clear directions for his people in that land on how to treat the non-israelites. you can start reading and before you knowledge, you come across the passage of says, "-- that you should love the stranger in your midst like yourselves. that is pretty strong language. one of the stranger in the midst like yourself. you will not do the kinds of things to yourself that some people propose that we do to the person who is here illegally. women go to our bible and we read that, we understand that -- when we go to our bible and we read that, we understand that god has an expectation for people with power to treat those who are weak and vulnerable. god has a lot of reasons for that. we understand that these folks also are created in the image of god. they are as much damage bearer's of god as we are. pitt -- much damage bearers of god as we are. -- image bearer's of god as we are. we should treat them a
that at 4:15 eastern. earlier today, a discussion on fact vs. fiction and what israel about the latest film of "zero dark thirty." among those participating, general michael hayden. >> good morning. welcome to aei and this morning's panel, separating fact from fiction. i am a fellow at the american enterprise institute and member of the task force on detention and interrogation policy. kathryn piccolos recent film depicting the operation that killed osama bin laden sparked controversy. -- kathryn bigelow. for the most part of rage of the film has been coming from the left and directed at her. if you were a conservative like me, when you see the hollywood left and washington left, your temptation is to sit back, pop the popcorn and watch the fight. to some extent that is why many of the defenders and supporters stayed out of the debate. why interrupt why they are -- well they are fighting it out? the fact is, culture matters. many will form their opinions based on what they see on the silver screen. it is important for those who know the truth to set the record straight. today we have a dist
have to go through israel. those negotiations never went anywhere. there are a handful of other palestinians than a been resettled in other countries. and one man was almost taken in by the german government in 2009. the germans want to take three, but they took two in the end. if they cannot go anywhere -- he cannot go anywhere until he's cleared. so there are the yemenis and the rest of the prisoners. some awaiting trial or those with indefinite detention. that's what we have to push when we are talking about closing the prison. >> if you look back at the memos that britain that gave president bush the authority, the justification to do what he did, as commander-in-chief, you have -- anything that will constrain exercise of authority is unconstitutional, so the president has limitless powers, basically. if that was good advice back then, then i think the president as commander-in-chief could make a decision in that capacity. they say no money appropriated here may be used. that's the defense department. the president controls a lot of other executive-branch agencies that have
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